Lydia Ko rides LPGA milestone to KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. – Last week, Lydia Ko notched her 100th top-10 finish on the LPGA. The 25-year-old has made 210 starts on the LPGA dating back to 2014. She has missed the cut only a dozen times in her career.

The former No. 1 is teeing it up for a fourth consecutive week at the KPMG Women’s PGA and said she was unaware of the milestone.

“When I’m out there playing, I don’t really think much of it,” she said. “Top 10, obviously, is a great result and something that I try to shoot for a lot of the weeks. It was more of, yeah, I played really solid last week and gave myself a run at it rather than, whoo-hoo, my 100th top 10.”

Ko, a two-time major winner, won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in January for her 17th LPGA title. She has finished in the top five in each of her last three starts, including a fifth-place at the U.S. Women’s Open. She currently tops the tour in putting average and sand saves.

Ko said instructor Sean Foley called her every morning during the Women’s Open at Pine Needles. Most of the time they aren’t “super technical.”

“It’s kind of going to be the same as the U.S. Women’s Open of having tentative lines, but being super aggressive to those kind of lines and being super committed to it,” she said.

“I think that is when I am able to play most freely. That’s all I can do at the end of the day, and I don’t want to be out there trying to control it, and just put my 100 percent and see what I get back.”

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